From Their Hands to Yours… Part 3: Toto for Toto

One particular moment from being in Kenya last May especially shimmers in my memories. On our last day with the Sanctuary of Hope family, after falling in love with them over the previous week, our Hope’s Promise team of twenty-seven members meets the children and caregivers at a retreat center near Nairobi. All over the … More From Their Hands to Yours… Part 3: Toto for Toto

From Their Hands to Yours – a Pamba Toto photo essay

From Their Hands to Yours… A Pamba Toto photo essay Our Mission Transforming lives from Nairobi’s slums… We purchase hand-made crafts from artisans living in Nairobi’s poorest communities providing a viable outlet for the sale of their products. We donate profits to ​Hope’s Promise Orphan Ministries for Sanctuary of Hope family-style homes for orphans from the slums.  Join the Pamba Toto story: visit … More From Their Hands to Yours – a Pamba Toto photo essay

From Their Hands to Yours… Part 1: Tuungane Pamoja

My friend Debbie and I, Pamba Toto founders, are passionate about buying hand-crafted products directly from our friends:  artisans living and working in the slums of Nairobi. It never ceases to amaze us how these beautiful people create such stunning handiwork in cramped, poorly-lit, under-equipped workshops. From their hands to yours, every Pamba Toto item … More From Their Hands to Yours… Part 1: Tuungane Pamoja

A Twinkle in Her Eyes

Korogocho is the kind of place where you want to close your eyes and run the other way if you can. It’s a place where the outward desperation of 150,000-200,000 people living in about one square mile is only the tip of complex social evils spiraling relentlessly from one generation to the next. Korogocho is the kind … More A Twinkle in Her Eyes

Mercy in Kenya

Earlier this year, international news reported the collapse of buildings in an obscure Nairobi slum called Huruma. Ironically, “Huruma” means “mercy” in Swahili. At least seven people died and 121 people were injured, buried in shoddily constructed dwellings that rose much higher than should ever have been allowed. There was no mercy for these impoverished … More Mercy in Kenya

Let Us Join Together

The slums of Kenya flagrantly shock the senses. Rusty corrugated metal shacks line narrow, muddy walkways of open sewage. Children play barefoot in trash-clogged rivers where dead pigs float. The putrid stench of burning trash and diesel fumes permeate acres of land devoid of anything green. Approximately 2.5 million people call the slums home in … More Let Us Join Together

Adorn a Child (x3)

No doubt about it, Pamba Toto loves kids. In fact, the whole reason we exist is because kids mean the world to us. Our name, “Pamba Toto” encapsulates our mission in Swahili: “adorn a child.” Our hearts break for kids who lack the basics of food and shelter, and most of all, love. We started ten … More Adorn a Child (x3)

Behind the scenes – Pamba Toto photoshoots

We have stories to tell, and photos powerfully weave layers of color and texture in a single view. My long-time friend and Pamba Toto business partner, Debbie, and I are newly impassioned to impart insight into our products and the artisans who make them. After visiting Kenya together last June, we are fully cognizant that there is … More Behind the scenes – Pamba Toto photoshoots